Gum Benzoin is a reddish-brown aromatic balsamic resin from the Styrax tree species. It occurs in almond-shaped fragments and has a vanilla-like odor. It is processed by agroforestry farmers, in the rain forest regions of South east Asia, who manage the trees to supply their annual production.
Benzoin has many names such as Benjamin, Baume Benjoin, Benjoin de Sumatra, Storax and Benjuí.
The principal component of benzoin gum is benzoic acid, which has a plethora of uses: Predominantly its unique vanilla scent is sought after for incense and fragrances, frequently used in some Christian, Catholic and Russian churches. It can be found as a component in pharmaceutical drugs in products such as expectorants, or applied directly to treat conditions in the mouth and respiratory tract. It can also be used in medical dressings: As a topical application, benzoin’s healing properties are used to protect against and cure several skin ailments. (The tincture can be found as Benzoin-Aloe Vera-Storax-Tolu Tincture). Furthermore, benzoin can be used as a flavouring in food or tobacco, or even as wood polish on furniture.
Our benzoin is found deep in the jungles of remote Loas agroforestry regions. Select villagers look after the Styrax trees nearby and, once a year, they harvest the benzoin that the trees produce.
For the moment, we mainly supply benzoin in bulk, composed of various grades of quality and size. However, we can grade it according to your needs. There is room to provide smaller amounts of A grade benzoin, packed accordingly.
Product range and packaging to be discussed and tailored to clients’ requirements.
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